Grandpa was born at Long Marton, Westmorland (now Cumbria), England in 1877. By 1881 his parents, Philip and Annie, had moved into the larger market town of Penrith.
In December 1884 Philip, Annie and children (Mary Elizabeth, Arthur, Ruth, and baby John) sailed for America on the British Crown, arriving at Philadelphia in mid-January 1884.
Philip permanently resettled the family in Kansas where besides establishing a successful dairy, he bought large parcels of the land around it. In 1912, he sold some of the land and took Annie back to England for a month. This postcard is one of several they brought back from that trip.
It took quite a bit of sleuthing to determine exactly where the multi-family dwelling with the "X" was located in relation to the village of Long Marton.
The high embankment at first appears to be a road, but is actually one end of the Long Marton Viaduct on the old Settle to Carlisle Railway (begun in 1870 and completed in 1876).
two photos. The building in the top photo with
four chimneys is Grandpa's birthplace.
Below is St. Margaret & St. James, Long Marton's
village church where he was christened.
[See also Simon Ledingham's photos of St. Margaret's]
The small building barely visible above the Sowerbys' home in the original postcard is not Long Marton Station as I originally thought. The station is beyond that building and out of sight.
But thanks to David and Madeleine Adams, the station has escaped the wrecking ball.
Their account of its history and how they came to own it is a fascinating read in itself, and includes another postcard from the same series as mine.
In the extreme lower right-hand corner of the photo at right, the road that led down to Grandpa's birthplace is now grassed over.
The station has been lovingly restored and made available as a self-catering holiday cottage.
I can't think of a more perfect place than Long Marton Station as a base for exploring my Sowerby and Savage roots in Cumbria.
brainchild of the delightful Marie Reed!